Tag Archive: Sheldon Harnick

“She Loves Me” at Roundabout’s Studio 54, until June 12

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in She Loves Me. Photo Joan Marcus.

The great challenge of any musical revival is ourselves—specifically, our memories of the cast we first saw, the scenery and costumes. It’s even worse if we have a cast album and know by heart not only the words and music, but also the musical dynamics, phrasing and inflections. This is the challenge I faced attending the final preview the current Roundabout revival of She Loves Me. Will it be as good as I remember?

Fiddler on the Roof: In Revival—Again!—at the Broadway Theatre

Why would anyone want to attend yet another revival of Fiddler on the Roof? Since its premiere in 1964 it has had five major Broadway revivals and who knows how many regional theatre, school and amateur productions. Millions of us have seen this show or its film version at least once.

So—you want to know why go again? I’ll tell you why.

Birthday Bashes Abound in the Big Apple: Garrison Keillor at 70 and Barbara Cook at 85

Barbara Cook as Barbie Hallem in Alfred Hitchcock Presents 'A Little Sleep' (1957).

It isn’t often that two luminaries of the entertainment world publicly mark major milestones in the same week and city. Yet such was the case last week in New York: on Tuesday, Garrison Keillor reflected upon seven decades of life in a special appearance with the New York Philharmonic, and on Thursday, Barbara Cook celebrated her eighty-fifth birthday in Carnegie Hall, exactly one week in anticipation of the actual day.